OWINGS MILLS – Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro became the latest Ravens player to see his season end prematurely, placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury. The Ravens signed ex-Dolphins running back Raheem Mosert to the 53-man roster to replace Taliaferro.
Losing Taliaferro should mean an increased role for rookie running back Buck Allen as the backup to starter Justin Forsett. Meanwhile, Forsett missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury suffered during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers. If Forsett does not play, or is limited, Allen could be the Ravens’ featured back Sunday. Allen a fourth-round pick from USC, had eight carries for 58 yards Sunday against the Browns.
“Buck Allen’s done a really good job,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh on Wednesday. “You’ve seen him run the ball well, and pass-blocking has not been a problem. He’s been on his assignments, he’s been willing to stick his nose in there and block people, and he’s a good receiver out of the backfield. I think he’s come a long way. He’s a good back.”
Taliaferro was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and beat out Allen in training camp to be the No. 2 back. However, Taliaferro had been battling foot problems for a few weeks, and may have suffered a setback. It was a surprise when he did not play Sunday, after being listed as probable on the injury report two days earlier.
Now the Ravens will hope that Forsett’s ankle responds quickly, and that Allen will respond to an opportunity for more playing time.
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On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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